I Love Love Eggplants & All the Other Stuff...


I tried putting some of my favorites on the menu but before telling you all about them, I have to explain the "Nashville Hot Chicken" to you. I learned about this from a girlfriend when I was with her and few others in Nashville few years ago. I don't eat chicken so I had no idea what they were talking about but when they bought the "Hot Chicken" seasoning, I bought one as well and since husband loves fried chicken, I used it to make meals for him. I held on to the container and followed the list of ingredients to come up with a house made version and I think I have it pretty close if not better now ;) The thing with good fried chicken is that you marinated it in butter milk or some kind of dairy, then dip it in egg and bread it, then fry it. Too many calories!!! So, yes anything fried might taste good but for sake of healthy clean eating, we are going to roast the chicken and omit the breading and the dairy. Is it Nashville Hot chicken, not in texture but hopefully with the correct seasoning we are giving you the same satisfaction and less guilt.

Now all the other stuff...

#7- I love love eggplants. Eggplants in sauces. Eggplant in soups. Roasted eggplant, Fried eggplant. Grilled eggplant. Mashed up in a dip, or diced in a salad.... but this perpetration which is similar to a Persian eggplant dish is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy eggplants. The recipe calls for frying the eggplant in olive oil, I love olive oil and its good eats, but still fried is fried. Our version is going to roasted and the olive oil will just get brushed on. I know I will be making some extra for myself and my favorite way to eat it is with plain yogurt on the side and hearty rustic bread.

#4- We've had various versions of this on the menu. First time I had it was at Michael Chiarello's restaurant in California. The tender garbanzos with the crunchy celery somehow makes one want to continue eating it. So consider to be warned, the bowl is intended as a meal for 2, not 1 :)

#8- Who doesn't like fruit that is all cut up and ready to be enjoyed. Add lemon, honey and lavender to that and it kicks it up a notch. This is one of the most requested items from our catering clients.

#9- Summer means tomatoes and basil, right? I tend to eat too much of it when it is front of me so I have learned to add a pile of greens to it so that it would feel me up and at the same time I get the added nutrients of the leafy greens. YUM!!!

#11- Most tomato or roasted red pepper soups contain dairy, but the tomatoes and peppers are looking so good these days, I much prefer to omit the cream. I like to use the mirepoix base as well so that it has a thickness to it and also if I can squeeze in more nutrients, why not.

#12- I use sorrel anytime I can get my hand on some. We actually have some growing right now, so there you have it...sorrel in your seafood soup.

#B- last but not least, other than hummus, Roasted Jalapeno Pimento Style Cheese Dip/Spread is always nice to have in the fridge during warm weather months to enjoy alfresco with a cocktail. My friends see to enjoy this particular cheese spread which is inspired by pimento cheese. Just make sure you have water and a cool drink handy for this HOT cheese.

We are excited to be cooking this week and hope you will enjoy the meals as much as we enjoy cooking them for you.


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